Prosecutors Sue Mississippi for “School to Prison Pipeline”

October 26, 2012 at 8:00 am by: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Education, Intersectionality, Poverty, Prison Industrial Complex, White Privilege

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From Democracy Now:

The Justice Department is suing state and local officials in Mississippi for allegedly violating the rights of children — especially black and disabled — with routine and unjustified arrests. A federal complaint accuses officers in Meridian, Mississippi, of operating a “school to prison pipeline,” in which youth are consistently arrested after being suspended from school for infractions such as dress code violations or talking back to teachers. It is the first time the Justice Department has used a 1994 federal anti-discrimination law on behalf of youths.

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A critically important first step.  Kudos to the Justice Department.


This is a straight on outgrowth of Jim Crow and school segregation, massive white resistance to Brown v. Board of Education, continuing segregation of schools via white Christian academies and white governance of predominantly black public schools. 



  1. […] addressing disparities in the school suspensions and expulsions as a civil rights matter, including filing suit against the State of Mississippi for operating a school to prison pipeline in Meridian. In December of 2012 the first ever Congressional hearings on the school to prison pipeline were […]